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West Virginia-01: Rep. Alan Mollohan ousted in primary
Primary: May 11, 2010
Location: Northern West Virginia
Days until Election Day: 22
Veteran Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan's primary defeat may have actually improved his party's chances of holding on to this historically Democratic West Virginia seat.
(Updated 7:49 p.m. ET with NRSC response)
(CNN) - Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia's Democratic Senate nominee, was the target of an ad controversy this week, and now he's retaliating.
Manchin's opponent, Republican John Raese, aired a video that showed three West Virginia voters saying Manchin should stay "right here in West Virginia." But, they weren't West Virginia voters, and they weren't even in West Virginia. Instead, the spot was shot in Philadelphia, and the three men were hired actors. The casting notice for the ad, which was paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called for actors with a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look," sparking outrage from Democrats.
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is again attacking Democratic Senate candidate and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin for his ties to Washington and President Obama's policies.
(CNN) -Former President Bill Clinton's heading to West Virginia Monday, to try and keep in party hands a seat that the Democrats have held for more than half a century.
Gov. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he would be joined by the former President Monday at a rally in Morgantown, West Virginia.
UPDATE 11:00 a.m. ET: The NRSC has removed the ad from YouTube.
(CNN) – An ad out this week that's financed by National Republicans portrays three West Virginia voters in a rustic-looking diner declaring that Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat's Senate nominee, should stay "right here in West Virginia."
But there is one caveat: The ad was shot at least 250 miles east of the state, in Philadelphia, and features not actual West Virginians, but paid actors instead. And to look the part of a West Virginian, the talent agency in charge of casting for the spot sent out a call for a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look."
Morgantown, West Virginia (CNN ) - Both the national Republican party and GOP Senate candidate John Raese have launched new ads pounding Democrat Joe Manchin with what Republicans hope is their winning argument: he will be a rubber stamp for President Obama.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee's ad features three white men sitting in a diner, talking about how "Obama's messing things up. Spending money we don't have. Stimulus. Obamacare."
Charleston, WV (CNN) – At a diner in Charleston and a parade in Milton, I heard something repeatedly from West Virginia voters that you almost never hear about any politician these days: they love their governor, Joe Manchin.
Both Democratic and Republican voters said they think Manchin has done a great job for this state. They note that he's lowered the state's deficit, showed compassion for the state's coal miners, and fought for the coal industry.
What I heard most about Manchin was that he's "for the people."
(CNN) - As independent Republican groups pour more resources into West Virginia, a top non-partisan political handicapper now rates as a "toss up" the state's Senate battle, where the GOP hopes to capture a seat held by the Democrats for over half a century.
The Cook Political Report changed its outlook on the contest between popular two-term Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and businessman John Raese, the Republican nominee, saying Thursday that, "the race that wasn't supposed to be competitive is now the contest that is too close to call today. It moves to the Toss Up column."
Another top non-partisan handicapper, the Rothenberg Political Report, lists the race as "Toss Up/Tilt Democrat."
(CNN) – The television ad wars are heating up in the Senate battle in West Virginia, where Republicans may have a good shot at capturing a seat held by the Democrats for over half a century.
A new commercial from GOP Senate nominee John Raese attacks Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic nominee, over coal, which continues to play a huge role in the state's economy. Around 30,000 people in West Virginia are directly employed by the coal industry.
"We generate electricity through coal. But Joe Manchin passed a law that eliminates 25 percent of coal usage in our power plants. It's Obama's cap-and-trade bill, West Virginia style," the narrator says in the ad.
Washington (CNN) - National Republicans will invest $1.2 million to run radio and television commercials in West Virginia over the next two weeks as the GOP tries to wrest control of the Senate seat out of Democratic hands.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee seeks to closely tie the Democratic nominee, Gov. Joe Manchin, to President Barack Obama, who is suffering from an approval rating that is below 50 percent. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Friday shows that Obama's national approval rating is 42 percent.